What’s in my DOCTOR’S BAG ON-CALL?: Preparing for a Call Shift (medical resident vlog)

What’s in my DOCTOR’S BAG ON-CALL?: Preparing for a Call Shift (medical resident vlog)


Hey guys. I’m Siobhan, a first year medical resident. Tonight it’s Friday night and no, I’m not hanging out with friends. Instead I’m staying here and planning, packing and getting myself organized for my call shift tomorrow. So Saturday morning I’m in the hospital and have to have stuff until Sunday morning. So stick with me, keep me company and I’ll show you what I end up packing and putting into my bag. Most important thing to pack is food. In the middle of the night, honestly you get so hungry and that little bit of food that you have in your bag can just get you to focus and stay awake. Also in some of our hospitals the cafeteria and our Tim Hortons in Canada actually closes. So if you don’t have something, you’re relying on vending machine food, which is no fun. So my routine every night before I have a call shift is to make some lunch. So I have some rice noodles with some vegetables and tuna in it. So you gotta… You know, staying healthy, some protein in there. I’ve got an apple, keep the doctor away. Ehm… I got some nuts, they happen to have already been in the bag, so I figured I’d toss them in and protein bars, because they can fit in my bag and I can have them at a moment’s notice, there isn’t always time. Oh and… Actually making sure I have two spoons. And this might seem very trivial, but if you only bring one Spoon and then you have two meals and you have a dirty spoon for the second meal, it’s just disheartening when you’re already feeling tired, so little things make a big difference to me anyway. Next… Clean pair of scrubs. You never know what’s going to happen. Things can get messy and you know… You don’t want to be stuck in that all night. Also with clothes… I like to have a zip-up, so I can put it on and feel warm and again… Middle of the night. When you get tired, I don’t know about you guys, but I get really cold when I get tired. Next are things that I have with me all the time when I’m in the hospital anyway. So I need my stethoscope of course. Ehm… Gotta have that trusty nametag. I always make sure that I have a good working pen. And actually I spent so long making sure it’s one that has a clip, because then it can fit on my lanyard, so just like this. Honestly that little detail is a lifesaver for me. And then four other kind of mediocre pens, but I’m probably gonna need them. I’ll probably lose three and then someone’s gonna say ”I don’t have a pen!” So at least I can give them one. So I always bring a whole bunch of extra pens. Then the attachment for my brain, so my phone Is recording me right now. So if it wasn’t, I’d be packing that, because that’s a huge resource. I’ll make another video and show you the different apps and stuff that I use on call or during the day. But I also actually keep some hard copies. One, because what if my phone dies? Which I know… Okay, I do bring a charger and a pretty charger. Which is pink, so that I know which one is mine, because there are often a whole bunch in the call rooms and then I know that mine is the pink one. Anyway, so what if I lose this? Or… You know, my phone drops in the toilet or just… spontaneously combusts and I don’t have it anymore. So I’d be freaking out, but I always have these and they’re a life saver for me. One of them is Pocket Medicine. The best thing to do is be able to look things up quickly, because no one really expects you to know everything, but you need to know where to find the information. So this is such a good resource. And my school actually puts out this book, which is actually… It’s also excellent. So I sort of use a combination of the two of them and carry them around with me all the time. Small but mighty, I need to have my lip balm. It gets so dry and I’m always so happy when I’m talking to a patient and not licking my lips, cuz that’s not fun. Then if I actually have a little bit of down time, finger crossed, I’m always hoping for that. Then I like to bring my headphones and listen to a little bit of music if it’s during the day. Maybe sometimes even watch, you know… Five minutes of Netflix. Hasn’t happened in residency yet, I did that in med school a little bit. But it just makes me feel like there is hope that it might happen. So I do pack everything into a big bag, but I also bring this little bag. And this is the one that I carry around on the wards with me, so I can put those books into it, all my pens, a snack, all that kind of stuff. So I have it with me all the time. And I also have this little, little keychain on it. And it was… It was part of our graduation gift from our grad community, so it’s basically a little good luck charm on call. It’s been working for me so far. And of course, can’t forget the pager. So I clip it on, onto my bag. So when I’m walking around with it, it’s on me at all times. And I actually, I clip it on upside down, so that when it actually goes off, I don’t have to turn it around. I can just pick it up and read it like that. So little trip, little tip not trick. Tip or trick. Trip. So there we go. That’s what I bring in a nutshell. So now I just have to pack it all Into my giant black bag. It’s not glamorous, but that’s something that I feel like isn’t gonna get stolen in the hospital. Like, I can wipe it down easily if things get dirty. So this is my call bag, only my call bag. Yeah, so just pack it up. Alright, there we go. My giant bag. Ready to take me through my call shift. And now the best and maybe the most important thing to do in preparation is to actually go and get a really really good night sleep. And make sure to set your alarm, so you actually make it there on time. So wish me luck. Make sure I get through those 26 hours that are coming up and thanks for stopping by. Thanks for watching. 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79 thoughts to “What’s in my DOCTOR’S BAG ON-CALL?: Preparing for a Call Shift (medical resident vlog)”

  1. I really liked your video! I'm a medical student in Mexico and I find it very interesting to watch how different and also how similar is the medical experience in other parts of the world. I don't know if the hospital would provide it, but I would take a toothbrush and toothpaste with me for after eating 🙂

  2. girl did you pack a toothbrush or did i miss that? don't want to get handover from you in the morning… lol

  3. I get super cold too! I wear yoga pants under my scrubs 🙂 Very helpful when running to a code and the poorly fitting scrubs start slipping hahaha.

  4. your descriptions about needing a second spoon and the pen with a clip on it. and the "small but mighty" lip balm. so funny!!

  5. Some of my friends bring their own sheets/blankets when they're on call. I wanted to see if this was a common occurrence internationally, but it seems not! 😂 Best of luck in your residency ❤️

  6. I’m not a doctor but I agree about the scrubs. I was having a severe allergic reaction and what of symptoms was nauseous, needless to say after the nurse giving me the medication wi was supposed to take, I threw up on her. Me being a Canadian I apologized about 100 times. Still feel bad about it.

  7. You may have mentioned this in another video but why do hospitals still use pagers (as opposed to any other consumer or specialty telecom device)? It seems like such an outdated piece of technology for such a critical industry.

  8. What kind of shoes do you wear? The purple ones, look so comfy and I've been trying to find shoes that don't hurt like crazy!!!

  9. I’m sorry I’m new to your channel , but what exactly does a doctor do? And if a doctor were to work in a trauma center what would be different

  10. These videos are so entertaining to me! I want to become a doctor so it's fun to see what it's like in the real world.

  11. That "more pen" part is so truuuue 😂
    I'm 4th year Pediatric Resident (Finally!) and Everyone makes fun of me during my On-call because I bring a small Travel Suitcase "on Wheels" 😅 I bring a lot of stuff with me (including a blanket!) just in case something goes wrong..

  12. Watching ur videos make me feel like i can handle anything after seeing how hard you work at the hospital….♥️♥️❤️

  13. Hey! 👋 not to be rude, but where’s your reflex hammer, direct ophthalmoscope, pen light, ruler, eye chart, 128 Hz tuning fork, magnifying glass, etc.? A stethoscope is good but don’t forget the other ways to practice your skill! I don’t know if you don’t carry these things because you have them available while seeing patients, but if not you should definitely think about starting to carry them! Even if nothing is found on exam, it further solidifies the physicians-patient relationship. #bedsidecare #iPatient

  14. Yip. There is nothing worse than starving on a night shift and not having something to eat. I also keep granola bars in my lab coat pocket for the times that I cant eat at all. Good ideas though. 🙂

  15. I did a BSc in Physics decoded I am more interested in medschool. Do you think I could get in? I didn't take any O'Chem but I had a high GPA. Do you think it is possible?

  16. Do you ever feel dirty or like you need a shower after coming home (dirty as in you HAVE to take a shower and change clothes asap after returning home) or after touching things that have been at the hospital?

  17. Im 17 rn but im literally been binge watching your videos throughout the night YOUR LITERALLY MY NEW INSPIRATION 😂😍❤️❤️❤️❤️

  18. Don’t worry your phone won’t spontaneously combust unless it’s a Samsung note 7 but if it is RUN!!!!

  19. Why don’t they wear white coats? If you are in the ER. Seems uncomfortable to be wearing a purse all day or when you are on call etc

  20. In Sweden people working in any kind of care have work clothes (that they leave in a locker in a changing room in the hospital when going home) with at least two BIG pockets on the top and usually big pockets on the trousers as well, where they keep everything (multiple phones, stetoscope, notebook, medical tape, scissor etc). Sometimes some countries seems so old-fashioned. A really postive thing with your working clothes though is that they don't look as formal as the Swedish ones does.

  21. Hello Siobhan!
    I really enjoy seeing your videos! You seem genuinely kind and compassionate.
    Warm greetings from Morocco 🤗

  22. As someone who is often in hospitals, you've given me another perspective on how my doctors and the medical process works. Thank you for that.

  23. Couldn't you get a set of Scrubs from the Hospital if you needed them? Have a great day and also that you kick butt on your Tests this weekend!

  24. This made me laugh. I thought I was an overthinker and -preparer, but you have me beat. I also recently saw another medical youtuber talk about his kit for call shifts – literally underpants, socks, deodorant, toothpaste + toothbrush. The end. =)

  25. Great video!!!your my motivation.🇬🇩from Grenada….I’m coming to the USA for college soon.

  26. I am only a few videos in to your channel, and I already really enjoy it. I love your enthusiasm and wonderful personality. It also helps that you are also really cute. I also really enjoy your violin intro and I think you should make some more videos of you playing the violin.

  27. Damn so excited to graduate nursing school next year and apply for a doctorate program, I know nurse practitioners have a lot of differences compared to medical doctors but I just can’t wait to be at the same level as you!!!

  28. I’m not in the medical field, but I am currently a SAHM, I find that bringing a few sizes of plastic zip top baggies is essential for messes (dirty scrubs), and protection (phone saver) and to keeps things organized! I keep some wipes on hand too, because you never know when you’ll need them! We love your videos! My little boy always asks to watch you. ☺️

  29. Watching all of your videos I understood how much you are satisfied and love your job as a doctor you are really a great inspiration………please keep inspiring us

  30. Great video! Can you pleassseee make a video about things you bought before starting residency? I.e new aid books, new medical equipment, a uworld subscription? I start soon and I'm a little confused on how to be prepared as much as possible. Thanks!

  31. How about trying one of them 24 Hours MRE Rations !! They sure give soldiers all the necessary nutritions for a day.

  32. I horde pens so when I go to the hospital I clean out my pens and give them to the doctors – they all love me for the rest of the night.

    I live about 45 miniutes form you – but some of our local patient transfer companies give out pens with clips on the top so you can clip it on your keys

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